Thousands of protesters rally in Myanmar, junta warns more could die
The Myanmar junta warned anti-coup protesters they could die but thousands of people took to the streets again on Monday, with tensions soaring over the deaths of four demonstrators.
Massive street demonstrations have taken place across the country, while a civil disobedience campaign has choked many government operations as well as businesses.
“Protesters are now inciting the people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, to a confrontation path where they will suffer the loss of life,” said a statement on state-run broadcaster MRTV on Sunday.
The statement, read out in Burmese with text of the English version on the screen, cautioned protesters against inciting “riot and anarchy”.
A young woman also died on Friday after being shot in the head at a protest and spending almost a fortnight on life support.
The woman whose funeral was held on Sunday was the first confirmed fatality of the protests, and she has emerged as a potent symbol of the anti-junta movement.
United Nations special rapporteur Tom Andrews said he was deeply concerned by the junta’s new threat.
“Warning to the junta: Unlike 1988, actions by security forces are being recorded & you will be held accountable,” he tweeted.
But protesters appeared undeterred Monday, with thousands gathering in two neighbourhoods of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city and commercial hub.
“We came out today to join in the protest, to fight until we win,” said Kyaw Kyaw, a 23-year-old university student…..read more